Robust rapid-setting antibacterial liquid bandages.

Carlos Passos Bastos, William D Thom, Beth Reilly, Iris L Batalha, Maedee L Burge Rogers, Ian McCrone, Nuno Faria & Jonathan Powell
Bandaging is a steadfast but time-consuming component of wound care with limited technical advancements to date. Bandages must be changed and infection risk managed. Rapid-set liquid bandages are efficient alternatives but lack durability or inherent infection control. We show here that antibacterial zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu) species greatly enhance the barrier properties of the natural, waterproof, bio-adhesive polymer, shellac. The material demonstrated marked antibacterial contact properties and, in ex-vivo studies, effectively locked-in pre-applied therapeutics....
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